Department of Family and
Consumer Sciences


 Topics of Interest

Consumer Economics

Work and family issues

MLK and society

Leadership development

 Benefits of Marriage

African American families

Women and Leadership

Race issues

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Norma Burgess
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Academic Specialties
-- Gender studies
-- Family relations
Family Relations & Diversity Topics
African-American families • Women’s role in the family • Family and work (forced participation, balance, integration) • Women and leadership • Gender work issues • Importance of culture and diversity of culture • Race issues • Women/gender empowerment • Contextualizing race and class in society • Martin Luther King Jr. and society (race, ethnicity and society) • Conflict management between work and family • Integrating work, family, and success
Education Topics
Graduate education • Budgetary and academic Management • Study abroad for students • Administrative management and leadership strategies for non-academic faculties • Higher education administration • Curriculum development
Leadership Topics
Self-development and self-esteem • Self-management • Goal setting • Advanced leadership development


John Conger 
Chair of Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
Academic Specialties
-- Marriage Enrichment
-- Benefits of Marriage to Society and Individuals
Other Topics
Pre-marital education and preparation • Family well-being • Family resource management • Benefits of marriage on children’s behavior • Consumer economics (consumption and management of resources in a family)